Custom private instruction and coaching. We can help you build a custom session, series of sessions, or full program to meet your goals and interests. This is our specialty! Single paddlers and like-minded groups are both welcomed. To begin discussing how best to meet your goals, contact Jennifer directly:



Tidal Rapids Paddling. February 3, 2019. Redwood City. Tidal rapids are dynamic jets of salty whitewater that form from the motion of tidal currents through points of acute constriction. They are exactly like river whitewater, except for their dependence on the flow of the tides. Some of the most famous sea kayaking play spots in the world form in tidal rapids!

Rough Water Rescue. February 17, 2019. San Francisco Bay.  Bring your rescue skills to the next level! In this class we will transfer the rescue skills you already have into a very fast moving, rough water environment. The class will be conducted in the Yellow Bluff tide race on a 5.6 knot ebb. For those who engage in or are interested in engaging in rough water paddling, being able to perform effective assisted and self-rescues in the environments in which you will be paddling is essential!

Navigation Clinic. March 16-17 (FULL!) and April 6-7, 2019. This 2 day clinic is intended for sea kayakers interested in undertaking journeys where they may find themselves dealing with unfamiliar regions, fog, tidal currents, and open crossings, or who simply want a better toolkit for trip planning and safety.  The first day of this course will consist of classroom and land-based exercises while the second  will consist of applied on-water exercises building on work conducted the previous day.

ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak Skills Training & Assessment. March 30-31, 2019. San Francisco Bay, CA. Are you a sea kayaker looking for a comprehensive review of skills and knowledge with an assessment against a national standard? In this 2 day course, the first day will be devoted to a broad review, addressing skills and knowledge required at ACA Coastal Kayaking Level 3, including video analysis of strokes and skills. The second day will comprise a skills assessment. People interested in pursuing just the training or just the assessment can conduct this as a single day class (contact Jennifer ( directly to arrange).

ACA Level 3 Instructor Development Workshop. April 26-28, 2019. Washington State. Instructor trainer educator Deb Volturno and I invite you to participate in a comprehensive, informative and challenging three days of instructor development that will help you prepare for certification!

ACA Level 3 Instructor Certification Exam. May 3-5, 2019. Washington State. Join me and instructor trainer educator Deb Volturno for a rewarding and challenging three days of instructor candidate assessment. Contact me directly ( for more information!

ACA Level 4 Open Water Coastal Kayak Trip Leader Training. June 7-9, 2019. San Francisco Bay and nearby regions of Open Coast. Gain experience with the technical, trip planning, group management, and leadership skills required to lead other paddlers in open water and coastal environments!  The emphasis of the training is on leadership, and will take place in conditions up to and including those where dynamic environments may constrain time available for decision-making, and where communication may be difficult due to noise of wind and waves. Successful completion of this training may be followed by the Level 4 Open Water Coastal Kayak Trip Leader Assessment. Join me and Sean Morley for this intense and rewarding experience.

Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium, September 13-15, 2019. Argyle, Nova Scotia. Are you ready to take your paddling to the next level? Join us in beautiful Southwest Nova Scotia on  to be amazed at what it has to offer! Come paddle Canada’s Ocean Playground! Registration opens November 1st:

Build Your Bombproof Roll!

The kayak roll is the fastest, most efficient, and safest self-rescue technique there is. Whether you are just learning to roll or are an experienced paddler looking to improve the reliability and consistency of your roll in conditions, this class is for you. Getting your roll reliable in flatwater is Step 1. Making sure that your roll is really going to work for you when you need it in surf or whitewater or tide races is an essential and often under-taught Step 2! These personalized private classes are perfect for beginners, those looking to improve their roll consistency, and any paddler who wants to make sure that the roll they have is going to work for them in real conditions. Contact Jennifer directly to schedule (

Instruction and Trips

Upcoming classes and events where Jennifer is teaching can be found on the left hand side of this page, with links to detailed information for each.

Subject matter Jennifer teaches includes the following:

  • Strokes and foundational skills, including edging, bracing, self- and assisted rescues
  • Strokes refinement and blending for intermediate to advanced paddlers
  • Rolling & roll bombproofing
  • Surf zone skills
  • Tidal current paddling, including skills for playing in tide races and tidal rapids
  • Rock gardening skills
  • Sea kayak and short boat surfing
  • Navigation
  • Trip leading and leadership skills
  • Weather for sea kayakers

Jennifer also performs ACA skills assessments at Levels 2, 3, and 4, and  is available for private, personalized instruction by appointment. 

Single and multi-day custom guided trips are available along the open coast from Santa Cruz to Point Reyes, within Tomales and Bodega Bays, and in the Mendocino area. Custom day trips are available in and around San Francisco Bay. Other options are available depending on interest. Flatwater, current, surf, rock gardening, pure coastal exploration: you name it! We can assemble a trip that will focus on your interests!

For private coaching or custom guided trips please contact Jennifer directly ( to discuss your specific project.



Regarding Introduction to Rock Gardening: One of the best days of instruction on the water I’ve ever had. L.W.

Regarding Bracing Clinic: You are a fantastic coach!! So methodical, progressive skills development, always super positive and have the knack to teach even the ones who struggle a bit.  J.F.

Regarding Navigation Clinic:  Everyone should take this class!  J.J.

Regarding Tidal Rapids Paddling class: The most fun I’ve had in a long boat in a  long time! L.O.

Regarding 2 day Practical Leadership course:  What a great class with tons of instruction and learning, thank you Jennifer Yearley and River and Ocean. This was an all encompassing and challenging course, super fun and and a perfect setting. L.S.

Regarding 2 day Practical Leadership course: Of all the instructional courses over the last several years, this was the most comprehensive and all encompassing. The best of the best. R.R.

Regarding 2 day Navigation Clinic: Thank you Jennifer for a very educational, fun and exciting weekend! Your enthusiasm for teaching, knowledge and patience with your students is greatly appreciated. Navigating the waters is much more complicated than anticipated, but your patience and knowledge helped open the door. T.B.

Regarding L4: Rescues and Towing class: This rescue practice ( at this level ) should be a yearly tune up.  Highly recommend this class as part of everyone’s paddling/learning progression. The towing lesson was grest, especially in conditions. Learning to mind the lines and not tangle. Again, invaluable. Best part is practising in conditions. Pushes the edges a bit and increases the learning curve. A fulfilling day. And learnt a whole bunch. R.R.

Regarding Weather for Sea Kayakers course:  For me, you did a great job of teaching some important things about the technical synoptic charts and relating them to real world observations. You had a good energetic presentation style to engage students. Reviewing of the topic, a couple hours after learning, was new to me and worked really well. M. M.

Regarding guided trip along the Marin Headlands: If you ever see that Jennifer Yearley has put together a paddle do yourself a big favor and sign up and get yourself to the put-in ready for a “swell” time irrespective of how strong the tide or how beautiful the day is.  In classic fashion Jennifer devised the itinerary, timed the timing and organized just a splendid day out on the big water.  J.W. 

Blog Reports:

Check out article from student Glenn Brank on Tidal Currents and Rough Water class

And his article on Intro to Kayak Surfing class conducted with Kelly Marie Henry at Dillon Beach.